Generation: Y Can’t I Get A Break?

August 5, 2010 § 1 Comment

I had drinks with a friend from college last night and although we hadn’t seen each other in 2 years, the only thing we could find to talk about was how not glamorous our post-college lives are. I am committed to my no excuses attitude, however I will be the first to admit its a sad and struggling situation for people my age.

I am not the Lorax, I don’t speak for the trees but I will speak for quarter life crisis generation. Please, raise your hand if:

  • You are living with your parents
  • You live in a crap hole apartment with roommates (mice count)
  • You can’t find a job
  • You took an entry level job with no potential for growth or respect
  • You took a job that doesn’t use the degree you spent 4 years working towards
  • You got a great job but when the economy fell apart the last to get hired was the first to get fired
  • You are bombarded with student loan debt in the tens of thousands
  • You grocery shop in your parents kitchen
  • Your parents cut you off
  • Your parents were never helping you to begin with
  • You are always considering selling plasma, or yourself to pay the bills
  • You have looked into joining the military, or did join the military because it was the most obvious way “out”
  • You went directly into a graduate program to defer your student loans but have no real world experience or future plan
  • All of the jobs you want to apply for require 3-5 years of experience but no one will hire you to get the 3-5 years of experience
  • You’ve got a chip on your shoulder because the economy went to crap right before you graduated
  • You’ve got a chip on your shoulder because no one warned you this is what you would be getting into
  • You hold an inexcusable grudge towards anyone who wears Life is Good apparel
  • You have warmed to the term “quarter life crisis
  • You can’t bring yourself to accurately up-date your facebook profile because it will point out one or all of the above realities in your life

Well, take comfort in knowing you’re not alone. Not even close! And the overly used “one day you’ll look back on this and laugh” saying will most likely be a reality you can pride yourself on…  most likely!


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